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Vote Kids Nebraska is Here!

JUST IN: Vote Kids Nebraska is here! We asked legislative candidates across the state questions about their stances on youth issues so you don’t have to. Check to see how your candidates responded! About Vote Kids Nebraska Children bring us together. Regardless of political affiliation, we all have high aspirations…...

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Call Gov. Ricketts: Nebraska children missing out on over $7 million in federal pandemic food assistance each month

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government has made several changes to its food assistance programs to keep kids healthy during the national emergency. The changes allow states to maximize the reach of existing food safety nets, while benefiting from additional federal funds. With unprecedented levels of…...

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Senators have 17 days to bring COVID-19 relief to Nebraska families

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has exposed deep flaws in public policies that uphold inequities in wealth, health, and well-being for too many Nebraskans. The worst of the health and economic devastation has fallen the hardest on Nebraska families that were already least likely to have a stable job that pays…...

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NEWS RELEASE: Nebraska Has yet to Apply for Federal Pandemic Food Assistance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  CONTACT: Julia Isaacs Tse  Phone: 808-722-8546  Email: jtse@voicesforchildren.com  Over 170,600 Nebraska Children Eligible for Federal Pandemic Food Assistance  Omaha, NE – Nebraska children in low-income households have lost access to low or no-cost meals due to school closures amidst the COVID-19 public health emergency. In response, Congress authorized the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer…...

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NEWS RELEASE: Advocates Renew Call to Protect Youth in Custody

NEWS RELEASE  Advocates Renew Call to Protect Youth in Custody  For Immediate Release  April 3, 2020 1 P.M. CDT  LINCOLN, Neb. – Friday, following news yesterday that a YRTC-Kearney staff member tested positive for COVID-19, Nebraska advocacy organizations and individuals sent a second cosigned letter to Nebraska Supreme Court Chief…...

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NEWS RELEASE: Advocates Urge Action to Protect Youth in Custody

For Immediate ReleaseMarch 19, 2020 1 P.M. CDT LINCOLN, Neb. – Thursday, Nebraska advocacy organizations and individuals sent a cosigned letter to Nebraska Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Heavican and Court Administrator Corey Steele, urging planning and action to protect youth who are incarcerated and youth in congregate care group…...

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Stand up for Kids in 2020!

The legislative session is well underway, and the Voices for Children team has been busy reviewing bills and working to ensure that state lawmakers have what they need to make decisions that best support all Nebraska kids. Over 400 bills were introduced this year, and dozens of carryover bills from…...

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Statement: Nebraska Sees New Historic Lows for Child Poverty Rate

Despite progress, significant disparities remain for Nebraska’s children of color Today, the U.S. Census Bureau released new data from the American Community Survey that provide state and local data on child poverty. The data show good news with the percent of children in Nebraska living in poverty falling 1.2 percentage…...

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PRESS RELEASE: Nebraskans Aim to Lower Payday Lending Interest Rates from 404% to 36%

For Immediate Release September 13, 2019 Nebraskans Aim to Lower Payday Lending Interest Rates from 404% to 36% 2020 Ballot proposal would end predatory payday lending practices LINCOLN, NEBRASKA – A group of Nebraskans filed a ballot measure today that would lower annual interest rates on predatory payday loans to…...

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Spotlight Series: Education Rights Counsel

On October 4, Voices for Children in Nebraska will honor those who have made an exceptional impact in ensuring Nebraska is the best place to be a kid. Over the next several weeks, we will highlight the 2019 Spotlight Gala honorees. We continue the series today with our Youth Group…...

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